Clovis Mann wears its personality on its sleeve. Its lively blues rock is unpretentious, working-class, beer-soaked, therapeutic, hard-driving and in search of justice. Metamorphic shows why Clovis Mann is a joyous addition to the Madison music scene.
There's nothing complicated about the guitar chord progressions on "Dig Deep," but the urgent tone is accessible and engaging. The song is punctuated by electric guitar jams that support the band's free-expression vibe.
The album isn't exclusively blues. "Dig Deep" is reflective Southern rock that gently strokes the pain of self-doubt. "No More" thrives on wailing electric guitar and cries for "no more bloodshed, no more war."
Despite the band's willingness to confront life's ills, the album abounds with good feeling and optimism. "Blowin' Up the Shack" is a bluesy summer song about innocence and freedom from responsibility.
Feeling down? Metamorphic is high-proof elixir.